Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Ira Dubey, Amrita Puri, Cyrus Sahukar, Arunoday Singh, Lisa Haydon
Director: Rajshree Ojha
Music: Amit Trivedi
Verdict: Watch this film for its fashion sense, aesthetic sense and to learn to hate Aisha. Nothing more.
Another one bites the dust? Following Kites and Raavan – the so called biggies of this year – the producers of Aisha will laugh their way to the bank alright – but with the money, not the reviews and ratings. Cutting a very long story short – if you love making everyone else’s business yours, go watch this movie. If you appreciate chic fashion and perfectly sculpted legs – go watch this movie. If you love happy-sappy endings, go watch this movie. And lastly, if your IQ level is close to negligible – go watch this movie.
The plot of the film Aisha is as shallow as the protagonist herself and revolves around mainly three things – shopping, partying and match-making. Aisha (Sonam Kapoor) is all about finding matches in her friends, wearing Christian Dior, finding new hobbies and finding solace in her voluntary unemployment. Her best friend Pinky (Ira Dubey), accompanies for most of these things and delivers a great performance. Enter Shefali (Amrita Puri) from Bahadurgarh, who under Aisha undergoes the transformation from behenji to babe – but only on the exterior. Arjun (Abhay Deol) tries making sense to Aisha in every possible scene only to face her retort and sneer.
Randhir (Cyrus Sahukar) is all over Aisha, but little does he know that she is trying to set him up with Shefali. Enter Dhruv (Arunoday Singh) and Aisha begins to go weak in the knees – but is unsure about it yet again, like she always got when it came to love. And from here it’s all about showing Delhi and its posh locales and houses. Move to malls, salons and parties. Progressing to Rishikesh and rafting and a beautiful song – Sham – captured and edited with such grace on celluloid. Aisha is on the surface of it – laced with a pretty good soundtrack by Amit Trivedi (once again) – is just about this.
The first half makes it worth all the money you spend on the tickets and popcorn – but the second half will help you sleep over the trauma of how you did spend that money. It gets draggy and highly predictable – where every guy tries his luck with every girl in sight and vice-versa – until they all fall in place. Visually, the film is a masterpiece – in terms of style, cinematography, editing and simple locales. The performances were more or less up to the mark – with Abhay Deol being the pick of the lot and Sonam Kapoor doing well in most sequences.
I’d rate the film higher – but the script and dialogues are quite poor – which is probably the only thing, other than the character of Aisha – will make you uncomfortavble in your chair. If only this had been looked into greater detail along with the costumes – the film would have a good grasp. On the whole, there are more reasons to not watch this film when compared to why you should. But if at all you do decide to watch this film – go for the Aisha in Sonam Kapoor and leave most of your brain at home.